Lanvin Lizard Box Clutch, $2127 via Matches
Yesterday, I got to talking about my love for Lanvin in general and Alber Elbaz in particular over at TalkShoes, and now I’m prepared to do to do the same here.
After Fall 2010’s onslaught of fuzzy purses, I hoped against hope that fur bags would be a single-season trend and that when cold weather rolled around again, we would have forgotten all about them. Unfortunately, the advent of the first Fall 2011 pre-orders has made my hopes look like nothing more than pipe dreams. The fur bags have returned.
I don’t have any particular gripe with the look of fur, although I prefer to keep my own fur purchases faux or vintage. In fact, I’m very much looking forward to scouring vintage stores for a fur coat of my own for winter. But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: The innate texture of fur and innate structure of handbags do not go together. At all. Like the Lanvin Fur Trousse Shoulder Bag that you see at right, when the two combine, all that results is a big lump. (more…)
Lanvin bags are typically synonymous with feminine and beautiful. When it comes to this feathered bag however, Lanvin is teetering on the edge of gorgeous and a total miss. Amanda previously covered this bag and it received mixed reviews. Question is, what do you think of it? Buy via Bergdorf Goodman for $1,185.
Fill in the blank in the comments below: The Lanvin Feathered Ouloulette Bag is _______. (more…)
The footwear enthusiasts among you may remember that I was extremely enthusiastic about Lanvin’s Spring 2011 shoes when they showed in Paris last October. The hard-edged (literally and) figuratively industrial futurism of the collection felt interesting and directional back then, and it still does now with the advent of Lanvin’s Fall 2011 handbags. While the accessories of Spring 2011 were simple and traditional compared to the shoes, these bags take the edge that Alber Elbaz expertly constructed and run with it.
And really, upon seeing these designs, I can’t help but wonder why someone didn’t do this long ago. The static constraints of industrialism dovetail beautifully with the rigid, sharp-edged bags that we’ve seen grown popular over the past few seasons. In this context, the flat metal accents and jointed should straps seem logical and necessary, as do the bags made out of tortoise shell and screw heads. Elbaz’s accessories department has given us New Minimalism with a darkly futuristic bent, and it couldn’t feel more current. (more…)
I’ve been thinking about luggage ever since we talked about that Jimmy Choo shoe case earlier in the week, and that the Lanvin Amalia Voyage Leather Suitcase should show up on Net-a-Porter right now is nothing short of fortuitous. I maybe have been a bit of a party-pooper when it came to the aforementioned shoe luggage, but I can’t help but swoon over all this luscious Lanvin lambskin.
Although the price is high – well over $3000 – when you compare it to other designer luggage, it seems much more palatable. Not that I wouldn’t be filled with anxiety by the prospect of taking such beautiful leather through an airport, of course, but if I were the type to spend that much money on a suitcase, perhaps my nerves wouldn’t be quite so raw. A fat savings account tends to have a calming effect on most people. (more…)
Admittedly, I have a very strong stomach when it comes to the thought of potentially ruining one of my handbags. Not only am I desensitized to their presence because of my job, but I wholeheartedly believe that they are functional objects and meant to be used as such, and even with proper care, most will wear out eventually and need to be retired. But even with my cavalier attitude toward handbag lifespans, I can’t imagine feeling anything less than totally nervous carrying the Lanvin Plage Beach Straw Tote to the actual seashore.
Not only is the bag incredibly light in color, but it’s also in the four-figure price range that you would expect for a Lanvin bag. I could carry this to the five-star spa at a very chichi resort on the beach, but as far as actual sand goes, I’ll leave that to a much less expensive alternative. (more…)
The bag that kept my attention however is the Lanvin Leaf Box Clutch. We did not cover this in our runway review, but it deserves a prevalent spot among other Spring 2011 bags. (more…)
I know, I know, casual chic sounds so cliche. And it is. But I use it for this bag because it describes the Lanvin Relex Shopping Sac ideally. We have become accustomed to seeing Lanvin add flowers or bows, but this bag is entirely void of both. And while it may be void of these two accessories, the overall allure of the bag is its casual wearability.
Lanvin is a brand you are going to dish out more money for. But the product shows the attention to detail and luxury materials. I have felt the leather they use for many of their bags… divine. If this lambskin shopping tote is remotely as soft as it looks in pictures, it will be one of those bags you will not want to take your hands off. (more…)
December really is the perfect time for luxury-themed novelty items to hit stores. Have a vain friend who requires a gift but don’t want to spend very much? The keychain and coin purse options abound, and many of them already come packaged in gift boxes for your present-swapping pleasure.
“What do you give a girl that has everything?” is a question a lot of fashion lovers (or friends of fashion lovers) ask themselves around this time of year, and if you want to get a little more creative than the requisite key pouch and still stay within budget, perhaps a set of Lanvin Faces Playing Cards (with two full decks!) is, err…in the cards? Boo, hiss, I know, bad joke. (more…)
Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US and the ceremonious eating of the turkey has become an unofficial start to the Christmas season (no matter what stores wanted us to believe by putting up their decorations weeks ago, I’m still going with Thanksgiving), now’s a great time to discuss holiday wardrobe. Red, green and metallics of almost any variety are usually what people tend to wear to holiday parties, and although it’s great to be festive, incorporating those colors too heavily makes you look like just another Christmas decoration. Do you want to look like someone mistakenly draped you in tinsel? No, you don’t.
My advice would be to dress how you would to a normal cocktail occasion but incorporate one accessory in a season-appropriate color, and if I had an unlimited budget, the Lanvin Jeweled Nyota Shoulder Bag would be my red bag of choice for this year’s party rounds and beyond. (more…)
With the much-anticipated, much-coveted Lanvin x H&M collection debuting at select H&M locations across the country on Saturday, budget-conscious women everywhere are champing at the bit, wondering if they should brave the early-morning lines to get their hands on a piece of Alber Elbaz’s foray into the budget fashion world.
Our institutional advice on that matter is yes, absolutely, go get your ruffled cocktail dresses before everyone else gets them. But don’t do so without being prepared for the task that you’re about to face. Luckily for you, we have some tips for coming away with exactly the pieces you want (and maybe a few that you’re undecided about). (more…)